Pakistan's new cricket sensation Naseem Shah has been making headlines for all the right reasons as he displayed some incredible performances at the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 fixtures, leading the Green Shirts into the finale of the tournament.
The young pacer garnered huge fame with his massive sixes in the latest match of the tournament, making his fans interested to know more about his life and career.
In a recent interview with local media, Naseem's father said his son is very passionate about what he does and wants to give all his attention to it.
"We had brought marriage up with him [Naseem] but he replied saying he has no intention of marrying anyone for the next four or five years and wants to focus on cricket only," the cricketer's father said.
While making more interesting revelations about Naseem, his father said:
"I beat Naseem many times for playing cricket, asking him to focus on his studies instead."
He said that he had wanted Naseem to go abroad for work but his son studied till Grade 10 and went to pursue a career in cricket.
The pacer's father went on to say that Naseem always had a lot of talent and when Naseem joined the national team, everyone was proud of him. "None of us supported Naseem, only his brother would secretly give him money," he said.
"When his mother was alive, he used to say that one day I will play for Pakistan. We used to laugh saying how will a man from Dir join the Pakistan team," Naseem's father said.
Counting his mother as perhaps his greatest fan, Naseem's father said the pacer misses her a lot. "He thinks of her and cries a lot. He says if mother was here, she would have been very happy to see me in the Pakistan kit."
Speaking of the match against Afghanistan in which Naseem’s two sixes from the first two balls of the final over helped Pakistan snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, his father said: "I prayed a lot for him in the match against Afghanistan. I felt like I was dreaming [when we won]."
"Earlier, I didn't know what cricket was, what bowling and batting was. I found out when my son went [to play for Pakistan]," he added.
In response to Bollywood actress Urvashi Ratela reportedly posting an edited video showing her along with Naseem, his father said: " I have seen it, but I don't know what is true and what is false. I have no idea about this at all."
The pace sensation is set to play for Pakistan today after resting in the dress rehearsal against Sri Lanka on Friday.
The Asia Cup 2022 title decider will be played at 7pm at the Dubai International Stadium.
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